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 20170722虔誠守護弭災殃Safeguarding Mother Nature to Mitigate Disasters

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發表主題: 20170722虔誠守護弭災殃Safeguarding Mother Nature to Mitigate Disasters   周四 9月 28, 2017 10:58 pm

20170722虔誠守護弭災殃Safeguarding Mother Nature to Mitigate Disasters

For a long time, we humans have cut down forests and overexploited the mountains as well as the land. The lack of respect and love toward Mother Nature has brought her much harm and damaged our environment. It also leads to extreme weather.This is due to human activities accumulated over a long period of time leading to disasters.

We see heavy rain causing floods in Turkey. Many parts of Istanbul were covered in water. Tzu Chi volunteers have been providing aid to refugee families there that were already struggling before the flood. This flood puts them in an even more difficult situation.

Never have I thought that, after our house was bombed in Syria, we would encounter flood.

He heard water gushing in, and then it broke the door. His place in the basement; he couldn’t go up. The water poured in and flooded the entire place. The floodwater was one-meter high.

I desperately pulled my children out of water. Our eldest was tall enough to be found quickly, but the younger ones were not easily found.

With much effort, they fled to Turkey and rented a basement to be their temporary home. Never did they expect this home to be flooded. Some of their children nearly drowned. They have truly suffered much. Fortunately, Tzu Chi volunteers came to help with love. Many locals joined our volunteers, such as Mr. Faisal Hu, to care for these affected Syrian refugees.

One disaster after another makes them wonder how to go on. With love and mindfulness, our volunteers comforted and accompanied them, providing them timely care and support.

For the past few days, we have seen the imbalance of weather patterns. Many displaced refugees now also encountered natural disasters. Such are the many sufferings that humans experience. There are many sufferings in life. We humans need to be vigilant and care for the Earth. Cherishing Mother Nature is our responsibility.

This time when I was on tour, I saw many, many people who cherish Mother Nature. Some of the elderly volunteers in their eighties or nineties are especially adorable. They shared their experiences of doing recycling. They are the bodhisattvas who safeguard and love Mother Nature.

I joined Tzu Chi when I was 65. Now, I’m 91 years old. Sometimes, I’d feel sad at night because my parents have passed away. Yet, I regain happiness by following Mater. You can surely rely on me.

I try my very best in recycling work. Sometimes, I can collect two to three carts of recyclables a month. I collect recyclables with a senior volunteer brother. People there are so considerate that they bag recyclables before notifying me to collect them. I pull a cart there, pile 5 bags up in it, and bring it back.

Now that I’m doing recycling, I stop worrying or thinking about why my life was so miserable. I got no parents. I’m 92 now. How would they be alive?
You are already 92 years old!
Yes, I am 92. They told me that Master is coming, and I am truly happy.

She is very adorable and young at heart. Now, I am her spiritual support. She is very happy. The volunteer next to her had been having health issues and lower back pain. Some volunteers introduced her to do recycling, and she devoted herself to it.

It really does me good to do recycling.I used to take injections every day, because I couldn’t fall asleep. I could not keep lower back straight because I once fell and hurt my spine. I put the pain behind me and focused on doing recycling. I kept doing it until a volunteer said to me,” I feel sad seeing you do this. How about stomping plastic bottles? While stomping, chant the Buddha’s name.”

I can’t read. How can I chant? The volunteer said, “Just chant Amitofo. With every stomp, chant Amitofo.” I kept on stomping the plastic bottles. One time, I heard a crack, and I thought, “Ah, I broke my back!” But after the crack, I’m able to stand up straight again. I said, “Sister, look, my lower back is good again! The Buddha fixed it for me!

Now, the recycling station is like a home to me. I come home every day and do some cleaning. This makes me really happy. Thank you, Master, for creating recycling stations so that we can cultivate blessings and improve our health. I will keep on doing recycling until my last breath.

This is the vow she has made. She will keep on doing recycling until her last breath. Isn’t it touching to hear this? There is also an elderly volunteer who is 85 years old. He has volunteered for more than 20 years. Before our Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital was built, the land was covered with sugar canes. When we prepared the land to build the hospital, he was already volunteering with us.

When we were done with preparing the land, we started to cultivate tree saplings so that once the hospital was completed, the saplings could be used for landscaping. This volunteer took care of the saplings. Later, he devoted himself to recycling. He had been driving a truck to transport recyclables ever since. He had vowed to drive the recycling truck until 80.

How old are you now?
I am 85. I drove and transported recyclables until 84. Originally, I had planned to drive until I’m 80. But I Kept going until 84. Now, other volunteers drive the truck.

These are very adorable elderly volunteers. They are in their 80s or 90s. The elderly volunteer is a treasure of his family as well as his village. He is always optimistic. These elderly recycling volunteers cherish Mother Nature with a pure heart and live their lives to the fullest.

Who says the elderly causes society problems? Not at all. They are adorable and keep on giving of themselves.

Indeed, the global population is very large now. In 2011, the world population reached 7 billion. Now, it is 7.5 billion. Think about it, in just six years, the population grew by half a billion. This means it will soon reach 10 billion. The growth of population is very fast. We don’t know how many people the Earth can sustain.

All in all, living on this planet, with the sky above and the ground below, we must respect and love Mother Nature.

While the elderly volunteers are protecting Mother Nature, many young people consume goods, create wastes, damage the land, and pollute our environment. We keep on consuming energy and resources and creating pollutions, leading to vicious cycles that will eventually bring a grand catastrophe to the world. We must live with vigilance and sincere piety.
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